ACER Personality And Aptitude Tests

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is an independent research organisation established in 1930. ACER is an international leader in the development and provision of high-quality assessment and reporting tools and services for the government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

The new ACER Psych Testing (APT) platform enables clients to easily manage their candidates, assign assessments and purchase credits. Clients can search, order and prioritise candidates and results based on the chosen criteria – and generate reports when it suits. Candidates will also benefit from a consistent and intuitive interface and easy-to-use navigation.

VeriyNow has hand-picked a number of ACER products that can help you and your organisation make better decisions in the hiring process – let’s find out how.

1. NEO Personality Inventory-3 (NEO PI-3)

Author(s) : Paul T. Costa, Jr. and Robert R. McCrae

The NEO Personality Inventory-3 (NEO-PI-3) is the standard questionnaire of the Five Factor Model of Personality. It is a concise measure of the five major domains of personality (Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness) and the six facets that define each domain.

Taken together, the five domain scales and the 30 facet scales facilitate a comprehensive and detailed assessment of general personality.

Key Features

2. ACER Select Assessments

ACER Select is designed to measure verbal and numerical abilities as demonstrated by the capacity to see relationships and solve problems.

ACER Select consists of eight test forms that provide various levels of difficulty for verbal and numerical assessment.

  1. Select General (Verbal/Numerical): Technical, administrative, customer service and sales positions.
  2. Select Professional (Verbal/Numerical): Graduate recruitment, managerial or leadership roles, where the work requires a high level of reasoning ability.
  3. Select Parallel (Verbal Form A/Form B, Numerical Form A/Form B): Administrative, customer service and sales positions, technical, graduate recruitment, managerial or leadership roles.

3. ACER Applied Reading Test - Second Edition (ART 2)

The ART-2 assesses the ability to comprehend written information. Three forms of the test have been developed with varying levels of difficulty and items relevant to specific types of occupations:

  1. General / Clerical Form: A general applied reading test suitable for selection into administrative and clerical roles or courses
  2. Technical / Trade Form: An updated version of the Applied Reading Test appropriate for selection into trade and technical roles or courses
  3. Basic Literacy Form: Designed to assess basic literacy skills for selection into operational roles or applied courses with minimal literacy requirements. It can also be used to test literacy levels of persons from a non-English speaking background.
Passages or diagrams with text from a wide range of relevant areas are presented to candidates. Each passage or diagram is then followed by a number of questions or statements that are based on the passage. Candidates respond to the questions or complete the statements in order to indicate the extent to which they have comprehended the text.

4. ACER Mechanical Reasoning Test – Second Edition (MRT-2)

The MRT-2 assesses mechanical reasoning ability, which entails understanding basic principles of physics and mechanics, visualising the movement of objects through space, and understanding cause-effect relationships between mechanical components.

The MRT-2 is designed to assess aptitude for solving problems requiring the understanding of mechanical ideas. It does not require mechanical knowledge or reading ability.

All 32 items are pen-and-ink diagrams and cover a wide range of content including wheels, gears, clamps, levers, sliding rods, shafts, pulleys, weights, conveyor belts, fixed and non-fixed pivots, and springs. Two parallel forms are available.

The MRT-2 is suitable for assessing apprentices, trainees, technical and trade personnel, and others involved in the work of a mechanical nature. The MRT can be used for selection and for counselling individuals, such as school-leavers or mature-age job changers, who aspire to occupations requiring mechanical reasoning ability.


• Academic and Qualifications verification
• Applicant Integrity Interview
• APRA Disqualified Register check
• APRA Enforceable Undertaking Register Check
• ASIC Banned and Disqualified Register check
• ASIC Enforceable Undertaking Register check
• AFS Licensees Register check
• AFS Licensees and Authorised Representatives Register Check
• Anti-Money Laundering check
• Bankruptcy checks
• Business Interests / Directorships check
• Digital Footprint check
• Employment History verification
• Entitlement to Work check
• Identity Verification
• Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (National Police Check)
• Professional Body Membership check
• Reference checks (online, on phone)

Know who you are hiring and mitigate risks to your business by confirming eligibility to work, requisite expertise, qualifications, criminal history, integrity and more. The value of employment screening services extends beyond the on-boarding experience. It can be a regular health check on your organisation’s existing workforce too, by ensuring job specific qualification are current, memberships and licences are valid, police checks are up to date, and industry regulation job requirements continue to be compliant.
Companies such as Cogent Business Solutions conduct employment background screening. We are an accredited body with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and member of the Professional Background Screening Association.
The duration varies as it is subject to employer’s requirements. It is also dependent on the position and the nature of the role. Some positions may only review the last five years of employment, while others may take into consideration 10, 15 or even 20 years of employment history.
Yes, anyone can undergo employment screening providing it is with the applicant’s informed consent. This consent allows the prospective employer company and their agents to complete the employment screening process.

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Businesses face challenges recruiting and retaining employees in today’s fast-paced world. Employees can be the greatest asset or the biggest risk of a business. Employment screening can help increase workforce integrity and trustworthiness. Let’s have a conversation so we can better understand your employment screening requirements.